Before you part with your hard cash, you might want to know a bit about us.
My interest in using CCTV for wildlife monitoring is that I believe it is a neglected form of technology that has a huge number of applications, whether for researcher, ecologist, conservation worker, or just for the joy of watching wildlife. Many find the technology daunting, but my background in physics and engineering helped me to discover the value of CCTV, and I am working with others to make it more accessible.
A few recent CCTV-related bits and pieces about me.
Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project conference September 2020. Conference speaker on Bat monitoring with CCTV camera systems.
The Social Calls of Bats April 2018. Conference speaker on the topic: CCTV unlocks barbastelle call mystery.
Advisor for Hugh’s Wild West (2018) on using CCTV to film a buzzard chick in the nest. Several of my CCTV projects were also filmed but did not make the final cut.
2016 Mammal Society Easter Conference I conducted a workshop on using CCTV for bat monitoring.
CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring This book was published in 2016 as an introduction to using CCTV for wildlife.
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Tom is an ecological surveyor and photographer with a gift for troubleshooting technical systems and getting them to work. He specialises in bird surveying, mainly for the Woodland Trust, and is heavily involved in using and developing wildlife CCTV and other remote monitoring systems. He is also a skilled drone operator for aerial surveys.
Li-Li is an ecological consultant and manages a team of ecologists. She is very open-minded with regard to using CCTV and has helped us develop methods for bat surveying using our plug and play kits. We are very fortunate to have the benefit of her experience, not to mention her sunny nature!
Natural England, in particular Albert Knott, Reserves Manager, Dartmoor NNRs, has been very encouraging with our research, especially with regard to fish and otter monitoring, and was the first to see the potential of our work with CCTV.
The Woodland Trust, especially Dave Rickwood, Devon Site Manager, has facilitated much of our work, especially with bats, dormice and raptors. He has encouraged us to push the boundaries and leave our comfort zone.
Matt Parkins, A.K.A. the dormouse whisperer, of the Woodland Trust, was essential to our dormouse work, and always seemed to know where the dormice would be.
Mark is a raptor expert and his expertise has been invaluable with our research into peregrine monitoring.
We are lucky to work with ecologists who are experts in their field, particularly birds of prey, dormice and bats, and who have used their expertise to advise us in the correct protocols to protect wildlife.
Many others have encouraged our research and been open minded enough to see the value of new monitoring techniques.